It's strictly semen business

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

Dairy bulls show us what they're made of as LIC collects semen for export at its Manawatu centre.

Campaign targets job security

At a ‘‘Jobs that count’’ launch for meatworkers, campaign director Darien Fenton listens as Levin worker and solo mother Tamara Taputoro tells her story.

Meatworkers are being forced out of the industry because of insecure jobs, a union official says.

Dedicated to deer

Lora Valley deer farmer Bill Taylor has been made a life member of the Southland Deer Farmers Association.

When Bill Taylor was a boy, deer were wild animals that could only be admired from afar.

22 stolen sheep found in van

22 stolen sheep were packed into a van.

Police say the animals packed like "sardines" into a van they stopped this morning.

SFF posts small profit

NZ business confidence, money, dollar up

Major meat processor Silver Fern Farms has turned around two forgettable years.

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opinion

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Heavy-handed approach

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

Still money in small farms

dairy

It's strictly semen business

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

Dairy bulls show us what they're made of as LIC collects semen for export at its Manawatu centre.

Council under fire for fine

Frustration over a fine handed to a South Waikato farmer has spread through New Zealand.

Ayrshire breeder Ivan Fredrickson holds his three-year-old Kelsey Perrett astride Sentinal Hot Georgia, named the North Island champion ayrshire cow at the Egmont A & P Show in Hawera. Proudly standing by are Ivan's wife, Robyn and their daughter and son-in-law Kylee and Danny Perrett.

'Traditional' herd ownership

A young woman who has inherited her father's love of ayrshire cattle is now milking his herd as a sharemilker.

beef

McDonald's better beef aim

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show how sustainable the beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Macca's beefing up burger image

McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red beef by word of mouth

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Sheep

22 stolen sheep found in van

22 stolen sheep were packed into a van.

Police say the animals packed like "sardines" into a van they stopped this morning.

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Wool deal coup

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

cropping

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

Food bargains abound

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

A berry Christmas hoped for

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

agribusiness

Dedicated to deer

Lora Valley deer farmer Bill Taylor has been made a life member of the Southland Deer Farmers Association.

When Bill Taylor was a boy, deer were wild animals that could only be admired from afar.

NZ First attacks council prosecution

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

At a ‘‘Jobs that count’’ launch for meatworkers, campaign director Darien Fenton listens as Levin worker and solo mother Tamara Taputoro tells her story.

Campaign targets job security

Meatworkers are being forced out of the industry because of insecure jobs, a union official says.

Discovery

Rummaging in rumens

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

Zeroing in on low-N plants

Could plants be used to reduce nitrification rates in soils and hence reduce nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrous oxide?

Methane producers: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gases.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

rural women

Forum inspires green ambitions

FARMING TALK: Taranaki's Ruth Prankerd, left, talks dairy farming and the environment with fellow farmer Nicki Webster, of Canterbury, during the visit to Parliament by the DairyNZ environmental leaders forum.

Attending an environmental forum has set a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Helping with leadership

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Links with women strengthened

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Video

Christmas shopping rush sees record spending

Kiwis have spent up large over the last two days before Christmas, resulting in record levels of EFTPOS sales across the country.

advice

Warning over invasive weed

A flowering seed head of Yellow Bristle Grass.

Taranaki farmers are being urged to be on watch for the invasive weed called yellow bristle grass as summer arrives.

20+ tips for hatching chicks

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

OFFER HELP: Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant broke through depression by taking on a hobby.

Help on offer for depressed farmers

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope.

aquaculture

Voyage from frozen to fresh

MISSION: Sanford’s chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, wants to add traceability to the fresh fish market.

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

Baby snapper 'not good look'

They're legal but should baby snapper be the fare of international fish markets?

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

Asia 'can't get enough of our mussels'

New Zealand greenshell mussels are proving a hit in emerging Asian economies and fuelling export growth, Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Gary Hooper says.

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